Double Up (Lake Lovelace #1) by Vanessa North (4.5 Stars)

A very enjoyable romance with physical and emotional recovery issues serving as a backdrop. The story was told from Ben’s POV, and I really liked his character. I could definitely empathize with his back pain and the medical decisions that he had to make. I thought he and Dave made a really cute older couple. The constant use of italicized thoughts was a bit distracting. I would have loved little video clips to go along with some of the wakeboarding contests. The author made them sound very exciting.

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Fifteen years ago, Ben Warren was a wakeboarding champion: king of big air, ballsy tricks, and boned grabs. Until a career-ending injury left him broken in ways he still has no hope of fixing. Now he takes his thrills where he can get them, and tries not to let life hurt too much.

Then Davis Fox arrives in Ben’s sporting goods store with a plan to get in touch with his estranged brother by competing in the annual wakeboarding double-up contest. The catch? He’s never ridden before. It’s crazy, but Ben’s a sucker for the guy’s sob story—and for his dimples, too—so he agrees to coach Davis.

Davis is everything Ben isn’t: successful, confident, and in love with life. And he wants Ben to love life—and him—too. But before Ben can embrace a future with Davis, he needs to remember how to hope.

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